Te Araroa means “the long pathway” in Maori. Completed in 2011, it’s a 3,000-kilometer continuous trail extending from Cape Reinga on the North Island to Bluff on the South.
Did I possess the grit, fortitude, determination, and the sheer pig-headedness to stick with a walk of 1,864 miles?
Followers named my superbly designed, lightweight but rugged Granite Gear pack, Olive Oyl.
Breathable, flexible, wicking and lightweight, La Sportiva is running shoe meets hiking boot.
Set up is a snap for my ultralight and rugged tarptent, named the"alicoop" by followers.
I swear by foldable, bomb-proof Leki trekking poles to keep me upright.
The Black Diamond Spot is only 3 ounces with loads of functionality, but I can never remember the steps.
In Silent-Film-style, the Blissful Hiker sets the "alicoop" and finally crawls in for a little shut eye.
The 26 poses are some of the most effective of all workouts, both energizing and therapeutic.
I love being a DJ, but wanted to experience a thru-hike before it was too late.
The Blissful Hiker's packed weight for 5 months on the Te Araroa is under 15 pounds.
A quilt opens beneath you and puts the down feathers on top. where you need them.
How do you get in shape for a long thru-hike? By being intentional in making fitness a part of life.
It's said that people fear public speaking - and looking ridiculous - more than death.
Walking is good for you – and for the creative mind – as so many composers were fully aware of.
If you arrive at a final destination, it’s a sign that you’ve set your sights too low.
The Blissful Hiker Alison Young packs ultralight gear to ready to go to New Zealand.
In late October, I said goodbye and set off for the other side of the world.
After 3 flights, and 36 hours of travel, I start the hike, falling asleep to crashing waves at Twilight.
Following the stairs down from Scott Point, the Blissful Hiker begins the Ninety Mile Beach.
Awakened by wild horses, the Blissful Hiker heads back onto the long, lonely Ninety Mile Beach.
After 36 hours of travel, I arrived in New Zealand and started hiking right away.
On the final day walking the Ninety Mile Beach, the wind changes and brings blow carts my way.
Tuis, bell birds, roots and mud – the deepest I've seen in my entire life – in the Raetea Forest.
The mud continues until the bush abruptly ends at rolling hills headed toward more bush.